– Lawyers kick, say Police desperate to scare him into submission
– Prince Afegbua elects to be available on Wednesday
By Pat PA Okon
The Inspector-General of Police has ordered the immediate arrest of Kashim Afegbua for making false statements, injurious falsehood, defamation of character and for act capable of inciting public disturbance throughout the country.
In a statement signed by CSP Jimoh O. Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters,
Abuja, the Police said “he is therefore declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force and should report at the nearest Police Station anywhere he is in the country”. Meanwhile, in a press statement by Afegbua’s lawyers,
Kayode Ajulo & Co. Castle of Law, titled NIGERIA POLICE FORCE DECLARATION OF PRINCE KASSIM AFEGBUA AS WANTED PERSON: OUR RESPONSE, the management of the law firm said “Our client, Prince Kassim Afegbua’s attention has just been drawn to a malicious news item on Nigeria Television Authority alleging that the Nigeria Police has declared him wanted over a statement he issued on behalf of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR”.
The statement continued “Prince Afegbua, is a well- known journalist and was a cabinet member of Edo State Government with a known address in Benin, Edo State and Abuja, yet he is not on notice of the police invitation whatsoever, before the purported publication declaring him wanted.
The firm said “For the avoidance of doubt, there are spelt-out procedures for declaring a person wanted by the Police. The Police or other law enforcement agencies can declare a person wanted if they find reasons to do so, particularly if the person is a suspect in the commission of a crime and is on the run.
It cautioned “The public must know that our client, in discharging his duty to his principal, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR cannot by any stretch of the imagination be said to have committed a crime that warrants such negative publicity. Neither is he on the run.
It added that “Our client, however, remains undeterred by the desperate efforts of some individuals to intimidate him and bend his will and rights against the Constitution provisions, framework of Nigeria Police Force Act and the laws of the land.
Continuing it said “The circumscription of his constitutional right to the dignity of self, freedom of expression and fair hearing denotes that there is a desperate attempt to scare him into submission.
It concluded “We have advised Prince Afegbua of his right and remedies available to him, as a law abiding citizen of NIgeria, he has elected to make himself available to the Police on Wednesday once he returns from his trip”.